More Cat Care Information:
Cats are among the most cherished and at the same time notorious pets; they have their own language; likes and dislikes, if the cats adore milk than the thing they hate most is water. They especially hate getting wet but no matter what their preferences are in terms of getting in water, for hygiene purposes the cat owners have to make sure that they give their loved pet a proper and clean bath. To make sure that the owners give their cats the best and the safest bath they need to follow some steps carefully, as giving bath to a pet is different from giving bath to a kid. The first thing the owner must determined is the time when a cat needs a bath; this is most important thing to determine in cat bathing most of the times cats can be cleaned using dry cloths, brushing and combing they don't necessarily have to be get wet to get clean; hence the owners don't have to get into trouble to get their pet a clean wash if they find that the dirt can be removed by using alternate method.
|General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home|
|You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.|
|General Cat Care #2: Feeding|
|An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).|
Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.
Second thing that the owner must keep in mind is the use of proper clothing cats can be the toughest pet when it comes to putting it under water. They can retaliate in their own way; scratching and damaging the clothes of the person who is washing and cleaning them. Also for the safety purposes there are certain kind of germs and harmful bacteria that can cause allergy or infection, and are easily transmittable therefore a person must be properly covered to avoid any kind of contact with any germ. To get more people involved in cat bathing is also not a bad idea, cat strength can challenge the muscles of the normal human being, therefore if two or more people are involved in holding the cat and getting it properly washed; it is better.
|General Cat Care #3: Grooming|
|Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs|
|General Cat Care #4: Handling|
|To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.|
|General Cat Care #5: Housing|
|Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.|
Some experts' advice people to remain calm and keep amusing their cats with easy and pleasant voice, they can talk or sing making sure that there is no panic situation during the bathing process. Also cat bathing is not an everyday process; therefore customers had to make sure that use proper kinds of soaps and shampoos that are only used for cat wash and they must apply these products carefully making sure that they are not hurting the eyes or the ears of their pet. Once the applied shampoo or the soap is properly rinsed; cat must be washed properly, using a good quantity of water making sure that it is properly cleaned and there is no quantity of soap or shampoo left on it. Once a person is satisfied with their cat wash they must dry the pet using clean and dry towel or a cloth, the cloth must be smooth and cat must gently caressed with it making it soothing and comfortable for the pet.
Owners must also make sure that they don't apply or use too much force on the innocent animal, the process of cat bathing can be irritating for most of the people and in their irritation they tend to slip down to an aggressive approach. Individuals must make sure that animal must be treated gently, as they will only react if they sense danger so if things are kept calm the procedure can be smooth. In market there are many attractive and cat friendly bathing equipments which are available; designed specially for bathing the cats. There are special kinds of buckets; sink, drying and cleaning towels that can make the whole bathing procedure pleasurable for both pet and the owner. Cats don't like to take baths but if the process is carried out in a nice and a friendly way and the cat is treated with their favorite dish or a toy after the bathing, they can become comfortable with the whole process and owners will have much lesser trouble in washing their cats.
|General Cat Care #6: Identification|
|If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.|
|General Cat Care #7: Litter Box|
|All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).|